Polaris Slingshot Drift Demo Breaks Up Blasé Monotony of SEMA

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Polaris Slingshot drift experience answers the age old question: Is it possible to flip a three-wheeler over?

Well, no, of course not, don’t be silly. When it comes to three-wheelers, as long as two wheels are in front, and one is out back, they are perfectly stable, and, in some cases, actually a lot of fun to whip around in the corners.

That brings us handily to the 2018 SEMA show, where even the craziest of automobiles, at least when parked, can seem tame. After all, you have to have something wacky, like a turbocharged Honda K20-powered Porsche 964, or a burned to the ground Maybach on $20,000 wheels to even be let in. So what does Polaris, maker of motorcycles, off-road vehicles and the Slingshot, do to stand out? Well, bring half a dozen Slingshots, 100 spare tires and some traffic cones for their display, of course.

Unsurprisingly, this combination of things isn’t used for a static display, but, instead, used to decimate said tires and prove…many things. Is this the prime use of a Slingshot? Probably not, these things tend be more of a Miami boulevardier special, used to move club-goers around from venue to venue in a showy fashion. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t whip a Slingshot and put on a drift demo. After all, it’s rear-wheel drive (emphasis on wheel, single), has a manual transmission, and weighs just 1,700 pounds. Actually, wait, why aren’t more people doing Slingshot drift builds?

Well, while we mull over the possibility of buying a beat up, used Slingshot and going drifting, watch this video and look at these fun pictures. It’s as simple and delightful as it seems.

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Jake Stumph is a lifelong car enthusiast and racer, who has operated as the content editor for Internet Brands Automotive since 2015. He runs Corvette Forum, 6SpeedOnline, Honda-tech, and LS1tech, among other Internet Brands Automotive websites. His work has been featured by several other prominent automotive outlets, including Jalopnik and Autobytel.

He obtained a bachelor's degree in Political Science at the Ohio State University in 2013, then pivoted from covering politics and policy to writing about his automotive adventures, something that, he says, is a lot more fun. Since that time, he has established connections with most of the world's major automakers, as well as other key brands in the automotive industry.

He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right, which is uncommon. You can check out what he's up to on his YouTube channel, as well as his Jake Stumph Racing Instagram account. He can be reached via email at [email protected]

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